Ghanaians call for Kwesi Appiah’s head with #DropThatCoach

Coach Kwesi Appiah

Coach Kwesi Appiah[/caption] Ghanaians are calling for the head of Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah following the national football team’s abysmal performance at the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt. The Stars crashed out of the competition Monday night after succumbing to a 4:5 defeat on penalties against Tunisia at the knock-out stage, dashing the hopes of millions of Ghanaians across the globe.

The defeat did not come as a surprise to many though as the Black Stars campaign to end the 37-year AFCON title drought began on a shaky foot with the Stars drawing 2-2 against Benin in the Group F opener. They were then held to a goalless draw by Cameroon in their second game, but managed to beat Guinea Bissau 2:0 in their last group match to finish top of the table in Group F. Ghana came up against Tunisia hoping to beat the North African nation to qualify for the semis but ended the game with 1:1 draw after 120 minutes of play, thus taking the match into penalty shootout. Luck was not on the side of the Stars on the night as Caleb Ekuban missed his kick, bringing to an end Ghana’s attempt at annexing the title for the fifth time. But the end of the Stars in the tournament was the beginning of a new social campaign by Ghanaians to get the head coach who has for years received backlash over his tactical approach sacked. By Tuesday morning, the Black Stars were atop social media trends under the hash tag #DropThatCoach, with many questioning the competence of Kwesi Appiah to continue as the head coach of the senior national football team. Appiah who was given the head coach job in 2017 had his contract expire in March this year but the Ghana Football Association Normalisation Committee extended the contract by six more months which is due to expire in September. He was per his contract required to win the 2019 AFCON. On the back of his failure and what many critics describe as incompetence, Ghanaians are demanding he is given a sack. By Stephen Kwabena Effah||Ghana ]]>